From the same newspaper that has reported eloquently and abundantly on the bogeyman of Republican use of fear politics, the Old Grey Lady raises her cane to deliver a double-whammy of paranoia to those readers still shackled to the carefully crafted words on her faded pages.
Whammy number one: Polling places may become magnets for violence on the day of the election.
Whammy number two: Wait a second, doesn't your child's school serve as a polling place?
They're pulling out all of the stops, reaching into the deepest recesses of the bag of tricks for what can hypereuphemistically be called "election enhancements" for the Democrat cause.
The implication is made clear in the third paragraph of the piece (emphasis added):
"School districts across the country now spend millions of dollars each year on controlling access to buildings with locked doors and surveillance cameras to keep strangers out," said Kenneth Trump, president of the National School Safety and Security Services, an advocacy group, in Cleveland. "In a post-Columbine, post-9/11 world, we shouldn't be opening the doors at our schools on Election Day, and just hoping everything will be O.K."
With no evidence indicated in the rest of the article that government law enforcement agencies were in any heightened state of readiness, or had indications of actual planned attacks, this kind of fear-mongering would seem to have only one purpose; to keep people from going to the polls and provide whatever candidate wished to embrace the paranoia a tool to assume a mantle of victimhood for their followers. (If you need a hint to solve the mystery of who might pick it up just do a web search for news items containing terms racial, violence and election to perform your own analysis.)
Then look up "Odinga".
The ability to vote without fear has been what has separated us from less civilized parts of the world where power is consolidated through the manipulation of basic instincts for survival.
Are we to become the "thugocracy" that Michael Barone feels is our future? If the populace responds to the New York Times obvious attempt to spread fear through false mirroring of popular opinion, maybe that is the path we are on.
God save America and her perpetual determination to coddle only one fear - the loss of her freedom - and confront all threats to our liberty.
Cross-posted at Unequal Time http://unequal-time.blogspot.comPosted by thesenator2012 at October 19, 2008 11:18 AM | Email This